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Poseidon's Post: Waves Wash Retired Professor's Bottled Message Ashore 14 Years Later; 'I Completely Forgot About It'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Perhaps, the lucky numbers of his stateroom – 711 –inspired his experiment.

Leaving Honolulu far behind on the way to French Polynesia sometime after the equatorial crossing ceremonies aboard Holland-America's grand ocean liner, SS Rotterdam, George Tereshkovich sat down at the writing desk.

The retired Texas Tech University plant and soil science professor dated his missive Feb. 19, 1997, and addressed it to an anonymous recipient who might find it and promised him or her a kingly $5. When finished, he placed that letter and his business card in an empty water bottle, screwed on the cap and walked out onto the aft deck.

As the sun set and the screws churned a white froth below him, Tereshkovich tossed his message into the vast blue ocean spreading out before him.

"I told the wife what I was going to do," the 81-year-old said. "She thought I was seasick or something, throwing a note overboard. We continued cruising, and I completely forgot about it."

Fourteen years later, his message in a bottle would turn up more than 6,000 miles away (a quarter of the Earth's circumference) in the dunes of the beaches of Southwestern Australia's Big Quaram Beach.

Little did he know he'd wind up owing someone that $5.

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A bit more detail would be nice....who found it?...did he pay the $5? Nevertheless, nice article...
   comment# 1   - Phydeaux · Houston, USA · Oct 11, 2011 @ 7:01am

WHAT AN INTERESTING FETE! I LOVE TO WALK ALONG THE BEACH & PICK UP OLD BOTTLES, ETC. ONCE, IN DEEP SOUTHEAST, TX, I WAS WALKING ALONG THE SHORE OF SEA RIM PARK (FED BY THE GULF OF MEXICO) I DISCOVERED BOTTLES FROM THE INDEES AS WELL AS A COCONUT FROM SOME DISTANT SHORE. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS INTERESTING ARTICLE.
   comment# 2   - SUDIE GOODMAN · BROADDUS, SAN AUGUSTINE, TX COUNTY · Oct 11, 2011 @ 9:19am

WHAT DID IT SAY!?!?
   comment# 3   - im shocked · Maryville USA · Oct 11, 2011 @ 1:28pm
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